Conversation of the Week: Connor Dunker
Austin Wald, Sports Editor

This week I checked in with freshman Connor Dunker, a member of St. Louis U. High’s varsity swim team. This past Thursday, Dunker placed 7th in the state final 500 freestyle and was voted swimmer of the year by his teammates.

Racquetball is back: defending national champions sweep Lindbergh in opener
Vincent Weinbauer and Charlie Gray, Core Staff, reporter

The wait is over. After eight long months of no racquetball, the varsity squad is ready to get straight into the season.  Coached by Stephen Deves and Robert Hoffmann and looking for their twelfth consecutive National Championship and 16th title overall, the St. Louis U. High racquetball team is already showing its dominance on the court. A perfect sweep against Lindbergh’s varsity squad on Nov. 14 shows that SLUH is a once again a force to be reckoned with thanks to a very deep and talented team. 

XC exceeds expectations at regionals
Austin Wald and Lucas Rammacher, Sports Editor, reporter

Coming off a ninth place finish at state on Nov. 4, the top St. Louis U. High cross country runners traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. to race at the Nike Midwest Regional Meet (NXR) this past Friday. The Jr. Bills dominated, recording fast times on their way to first place as a team in the overall open race, with senior Tim Greiner securing third place individually and first place in his heat.

Hockey ties Vianney despite dominant play, preps for CBC
Austin Wald and Ben Croat, Sports Editors

The St. Louis U. High hockey team faced off against Vianney last Friday. The Jr. Bill's defense hindered  the Griffins scoring ability while creating frequent scoring opportunities throughout the game but fell short of securing a win, ending in a 1-1 tied.

The Return: Hockey returns to the ice with high intensity offense and experienced defensive line, dominate Chaminade and Priory in opening victories
Austin Wald and Ben Croat, Sports Editors

The defending state hockey champions of St. Louis U. High picked up where they left off from last season in decisive victories over Priory and Chaminade last week. The Jr. Bills bested Priory in a 7-1 victory last Friday and carried their momentum for a 3-0 shutout against Chaminade the following Monday. With a stacked roster full of returners and new stars, the Jr. Bills are looking to go back to back once again on the ice.

Cross Country sees mixed results at state meet, placing 9th; rallies for regionals and ALD 5k
By Lucas Rammacher and Brendan Jones, reporters

The St. Louis U. High varsity cross country team competed in the state meet in Columbia, Mo. last Saturday, producing mixed results en route to a 9th place finish. Coming off a successful regular season and a 2nd place in districts, the Jr. Bills looked to place high in a highly competitive state meet.

Hoping for another team trophy, SLUH sent the senior runners that didn’t compete to be the hype squad, waving the giant purple SLUH flag against the raging wind and covering themselves with paint. 

Soccer drops another heartbreaker, loses to Chaminade in district finals
Will Lubbring and Emmett Gallardo, reporters

The St. Louis U. High soccer season came to another heartbreaking end this past Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Chaminade in the district final with a trip to the state tournament on the line. The Jr. Bills knew that they would be tested as Chaminade had a dominant record on the season, including a convincing win against John Burroughs earlier in the week.

Esports Valorant cruises through Extra Life charity tournament
Jack Kuhlman, reporter

The St. Louis U. High Valorant team came up big at the Extra Life Charity Tournament hosted at the Science Center last weekend, with the SLUH Blue team taking home gold and the White team silver. 

The tournament originally consisted of eight teams from seven different schools, but the pool had narrowed to just four by Saturday’s live event. The Science Center provided an excellent venue for the competition, complete with collegiate level casters and a big screen for the audience to watch. 

Putting down the reigns: McCarthy retires from coaching after 37 years
Austin Wald, Sports Editor

St. Louis U. High has historically boasted a strong soccer program on all levels. Success is often solely attributed to the depth of talented soccer players in the student body, but coaches' commitment to developing and guiding their team also plays an essential role in the success of a program. One of these dedicated coaches who contributed to the success of the team, Tom McCarthy, decided last summer to step down from coaching soccer after 37 years.

Commits Corner: Lucas Hammond
Charles Turnell and Daniel Tice, Core Staff

Senior Lucas Hammond announced his verbal commitment to continue his soccer journey at John Hopkins University on October 22nd. 

Fantasy Football Week 9
Daniel Tice and Mack Eisenbeis, Core Staff and reporter

Here are our starts and sits for Week 9 of Fantasy Football

Conversation of the Week: Jordan Taylor
Austin Wald, Sports Editor

This week I enjoyed some beautiful fall weather outside with freshman Jordan (JT) Taylor of the St. Louis U. High varsity football team. Taylor usually starts at linebacker but stepped up last week as the starting running back against Seckman in the district quarterfinal. He rushed for 211 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in a narrow 50-41 loss.

Trick or Treat! JV and Varsity Swim and Dive hand out sweet victory for an MCC Halloween treat
Andrew Hunt and Ronan Smith, Core Staff and reporter

The Jr. Bills set sail again on three separate occasions to crush their MCC opponents on all levels this past weekend in what was the end of the season for many swimmers.

The weekend started off strong with Friday’s final regular season meet for the varsity squad, the MICDS Invitational, in which St. Louis U. High sparred with the likes of De Smet, John Burroughs, Vianney, and seven other area schools. The Bills came in third, barely outscoring Vianney 303-302. However, the meet had not seen the full power of SLUH’s lineup, since it served as a chance for some of the team’s less experienced swimmers to take the big stage while the rest prepared fervently for the next day’s MCC tournament.

Soccer handily beats early district opponents; readies for matchup against Chaminade
Will Lubbring and Emmett Gallardo, reporters

With the regular season over, the St. Louis U. High soccer team entered the District Tournament and are off to a very strong start, winning both of their first games with ease. Placed in the difficult District 3, SLUH is set to face some very difficult competition. They opened up play this past Saturday against Hazelwood Central, followed by a game on Tuesday night against Francis Howell North. 

Seckman running power halts SLUH football playoff stint in narrow loss
Austin Wald and Ben Croat, Sports Editors

In a high-scoring back and forth thriller for last Friday night’s district quarterinal, Seckman’s running game proved to be too much for SLUH’s defense as the Jr. Bills fell inches short of a victory, losing to the Jaguars 50-41.

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